The Elephant

Since I have started this blog we have shared a couple of Moon Cycles and the Sun starting its annual sojourn around the Zodiac. As Mercury and  Mars changed direction in the sky I introduced them. These planets are easy to relate to as they are involved in the stuff of our everyday life. I wish to connect with them and remain connected to them as these are the qualities we have clothed ourself with here on Earth. They are our allies that accompany us each step of he way. As humans we utilise our natural born talents that are represented by these and more planets that I have yet to introduce on our journey.

Now, it is time to address the elephant in the room. ‘Times are a changing’ and everyone can feel it in some way. Things have sped up and the ground appears to be moving beneath us. It feels like it may be more than normal fluctuations of the cycles. This is the work of the outer planets.

The outer planets lie beyond human eyesight and only came into our consciousness when we began to use technology to aid us to see the unseen. Up till then Saturn with its rings marked the boundary of human experience.  With the invention of the telescope, Herschel discovered Uranus in 1781 and that began an expansion of our awareness and a change to how we experienced life on Earth.

Co-incident with the discoveries of the new bodies in the Solar System our experience of what was possible changed. It seemed that humanity and the individual started taking a momentous journey together. Uranus was discovered in the  Age of Enlightenment. The human experience was altered by science, revolutions, the discovery of the New world, industrialisation, electricity, the splitting of the atom, individual expression, world wars, space flight, social consciousness and the computer chip. Before this relentless change, the quiet of an agrarian lifestyle  defined the days for generation after generation. Religion or the monarchy managed or caused whatever occurred to disrupt daily life. The boundaries that Saturn marked have been forever changed as there has been a continuous push to expand our consciousness to accommodate greater and greater possibilities.

The names of the planets come from the Roman version of the gods in the Greek pantheon. Greek mythology is a  rich source of stories which astrologers like to utilise in describing our experiences of life. In these tales the  heroes were the offspring of  kings, queens and gods. They went on adventures which transformed the individual and changed the world they belong to.

I like to think that as humans we are all heroes; unique, perfect offspring of the gods and well equipped for grand adventures. As we move into unpredictable territory we create, with courage, each step into the unknown. The fruits of our experience seed grand new worlds. Our stories are told in the news, inspire films, feed gossip, fill our blogs and are bequeathed to our children. Each of us has an original tale that makes up the tapestry of life on this planet.

We are born with our individual talents and predispositions exactly as we desire. We are offered reflections of our quest everywhere. My personal favourite is the birth chart which shows in symbols all our resources and a map of the terrain. The Sun through to Saturn’s gifts,  we can easily pull around us. Beyond Saturn the outer planets provide the whispers of the unknown, our quest, the game that will pull us out of a static and mundane life into adventure. Here we use our inner knowing to access new consciousness that comes with every step we create.

Astrologers watch the solar system beyond Saturn with bated breath trying to divine how this new experience will play out for the individual and for humanity.

Enter the current elephant in the room. Eccentric Uranus is the planet whose discovery in 1781 opened the portals for a shift in consciousness which allowed us all equal and free access to sudden insights of genius. Any individual regardless of the privileges of birth could harness their potential and change the world. This planet that takes 84 years to move through the zodiac started a new cycle in Aries last year indicating the beginning of a radical change for us all.

Pluto was discovered in 1930 and heralded in the nuclear age with the splitting of the atom and the horrors of WW2. Pluto, made an entrance into our consciousness worthy of the Lord of the Underworld. For the first time in recorded history we became aware of our ability to destroy the planet we live on, and to wipe out life as we know it.  As a species, we acquired a new level of power and the task has become to wield it responsibly. The game had totally changed.

Between 2012 and 2015 there will be seven dynamic face offs (exact squares- in astrologese) between Uranus and Pluto. We have been feeling this energy build up since late 2008. The first square will happen in June this year. I expect I will post many thoughts on this duo as time unfolds.

Many traditions have references to the power of these times and I suspect we all feel something has shifted that is making the future uncertain and up for grabs. As heroes, we all signed up for this adventure and each of us are creating new stepping stones that will provide pathways into a new world. The outer bodies in the solar system are forever calling us forward and we are on the leading edge of this consciousness.

The stakes are high and I believe we are creating a world like we have not known before. During this time it is unwise to live our lives externally without access to our own knowing. That is an old way of playing the game where we hand our power over to the authority of government and church.The anxiety we hear from these voices will leave us in the middle of a stampede of fear.

So far, my posts have been on smaller and more personal cycles. The purpose is not to ignore the elephant but to remind us of our personal power. We need to have faith in our own ability and remain centred in our stories. We can trust that we have what we require in the present moment. This is our adventure and we are creating the steps that will make a brave new world. Each of us has a splendid role to play. As we make each move, we will call up the allies of our knowing and trust the messages we hear whispered from within.

I think elephants are a perfect symbol of Uranus and Pluto. There is no doubt about their majestic power and their longevity. Elephants have an amazing ability to communicate, apparently telepathically, over great distances. One group senses another many miles away through vibrations (Uranus) that run through the ground(Pluto). One herd stamps a foot and the other picks up the message through their own wide feet. We all have many unique senses, seen and unseen, by remaining grounded and open like the elephant, we will tune into the correct response at the correct time.

 

 

 

Image: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-566186/Pictured-The-moment-huge-elephant-crushes-safari-couples-car-roof.html

In Search of Aries

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”        ―  W.B. Yeats

I have a confession to make, in my birth chart my Aries is buried. It has no access door to the outside and so ironically, the most direct of signs, I don’t have direct access to. Add to this the planet that rules Aries, Mars is in self-protecting Cancer. Needless to say, the gung-ho, adventuring Arian energy is a bit of a mystery to me. As an astrologer I should have this as a disclaimer. “No Arian experience, take advice in this area at your own risk.” When we are extolled to take action, just do it! I get very diffident and it is more likely that when the starter gun fires, I will run in the opposite direction.

Of course, like everyone else, I do have Aries in my chart, it is just that I don’t have it readily available. I stumble upon it and then feel the whoosh of adventure carry me along. Feeling the surprise and the newness of the energy is exhilarating. One such opportunity is when the Sun goes through Aries every year and everyone on Earth gets to experience this impulsive energy.

The flower essence that I selected this New Moon to carry me through this chapter of the year was Baby Blue Eyes. This essence restores a childlike innocence, trust and openness toward the world for those suffering from insecurity or cynicism. This is perfect as my intention this cycle was to quell my anxiety and go with the increased energy, allowing it to take me where it will. I crave uncharted territory and yearn to trust the impulse of growth.  In the past I have felt this tender newness and lost my nerve retreating into more familiar territory. For me now it is imperative to move forward into the new land and into the unknown. I yearn for high and impetuous energy that gives me courage. I am impatient with myself if I feel my energy ebb. Riding the momentum seems so important now, like the race of a sperm to fertilise that egg.  I wish to keep going at a speed uncharacteristic for me. I feel my life somehow depends on breaking free.

We are now at the First Quarter Moon and the Sun is eleven days into Aries. The old world has receded. I have once more been included in the Aries journey. Aries is the newborn and as he experiences this life on Earth everything is fresh and wondrous, seen for the first time. I have found I have gotten busy as predicted in my last blog and I am flowing with many new demands. These have come both in unfamiliar experiences or unexpected emergencies, as well as new people.

When I feel the energy ebbing out of me and my courage fail, I flounder around agitated, determined to ease that decline. I have been doing this with regular meditations, emergency energy sessions or quick naps to restore my alignment and keep the niggardly fear at bay. I have allowed myself to relax and embrace the adventures as they unfold.

My reward for this effort is the allure of new sights and listening to romantic tales of beauty in the midst of fear. It is in these moments that one knows one is in touch with another realm where magic is the norm and we know the faerie people must exist in their fey land.

These are just some of the exciting tales of Aries adventure I have been exposed to over the last week:

 A young man told of a fearful moment when he jumped into deep water and into a school of fish that formed a vertical wall full of blinking eyes; a phantom terrifying enough to ward off prey and chill the marrow in the man’s bones. 

 A buzzard flew to my Texan friend and delivered a dead snake; maybe the one she had evicted from her barn that morning. 

A gentleman who wished to be a deep sea Salvage Diver. 

A boy getting the opportunity to join a luxury cruiser and tender the speed boat for the privileged passengers to explore islands and secret coves. One of his dreams come true.

A young woman creating beautiful terrariums as she waits to conceive. 

I visited the Sea Shepherd ship ‘Bob Barker’ and heard stories of Antarctic battles to save the whales by Vegan warriors that value non-violent aggression.

A bloggers tale’s of childhood ice fishing in a landscape so unfamiliar to me that I find it difficult to believe it exists in this wonderful world.

My daughter getting to ride wave after wave, standing on her surf board for the first time.

My new friend guiding her metal detector over our land in search for treasure underneath our soil.

Then there is my very own visitation from a heron, far from his familiar river flat. He came knocking on my window, not one, but two days running. With my face pressed to the glass, he allowed me to watch him stalk over my garden furniture just feet away. This hero showing me, that I, too, with a curbing of the routine, can be a hero in strange lands….

What adventures have you been experiencing? What are you seeing with new eyes? Where does everything feel child-like again? Who is inspiring you with images of uncharted territory? What treasure quest are you engaged in? How is your heart expanding with excitement? Where are you showing courage?

If you would like to see where Aries lay in your Birth Chart contact me at perianne@live.com.au with your time, date and place of birth and I will send you a short description at no cost.

 

 

Read: Ice Shanty- A Young Boy’s Tale on Five Reflection’s blog 

http://fivereflections.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/ice-shanty-a-young-boys-tale/

Image: “Freedom- The Carousel” by Anne Wipf

To see more beautiful work by this artist http://fivereflections.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/ice-shanty-a-young-boys-tale/

Bursting Forth

Last cycle I published my blog in a period of relative quiet. The world in Pisces was turned  inward as it attuned to the messages of the collective and waited for the birth of the new.

It was wonderful for me to create this space as a womb for my re-entry into the world. Now the baby has been born and the cycle resumes, life starts again.

In a past cycle I had my daughter in a local birthing centre, a water birth.  As I went through the 17 hours of labour, I felt solid and grounded. Outside a huge storm was raging and the trees were bent over in wild winds as if echoing my every contraction. I was oblivious to the Earth’s echo of my process; in the calm centre of the storm all was quiet. Finally, I emerged out of my Pisces pool and as I stood on land, my daughter was born. In our open arms she screamed her victory cry.

We returned home the next day, the storm had passed and the landscape was altered. Trees were down and a local shop was burnt out. We came to our house and the big metal gate had been torn off its hinges and blown down the road. Our daughter was now born and our world had changed; we had expanded and were now exposed to a new life.

I was amazed how we were initiated into a world I had never seen. Neighbours we had hardly acknowledged, paraded in over the ensuing days with presents, welcoming; knowing far more than us about the continuous marathon of child rearing we were embarking on. Food was left on our doorstep to see us through.

And so it is with Aries. The birthing of Self or any creation takes an initial passage through the unknown, the transition from nothing to the all consuming effort of nurture and growth. You re-enter the normal world that you know and then some.

This is why Aries is associated with courage and the heroic quest. Aries just knows it needs to begin. It is driven to move from the comfort of the womb by a desire, an impulse, a knowing that without its movement all life will cease, there will be no incarnation and no creation. Aries doesn’t know of the terrain he will have to pass through or what that creation will cost. He just knows that it is important to embark on the journey because the future of the kingdom rests with him.

As the Moon and Sun move on, my own established life has recommenced along with the fresh beginning. I have had constant dealings with many new people and an expansion of my work. The people I am meeting are young and full of energy, mustering the courage and hope for the journey before them.

As the expedition begins the Collective rearranges to accommodate our quest and to realise our dream of fully becoming.  There is also another cry we hear from the dying past.  The fear of the furies pull at the coat tails trying to hold the hero in check. They know the knight’s success means the death of the old comfort even though it has already grown too tight. The old and established may be maintained as their final days are near but there is no sure survival for the young in that stagnant pond. The “one per cent” of the old order know the hero’s quest will alter all they have established. In one final fling, they throw up all the boogeyman stories that have kept the gates of the kingdom safely closed. When the hero closes his ears to their messages, they heap abuse as he pulls away. The old king is hoping our questing knight will become the outcast that will perish on dangerous ground rather than the saviour of the collective. However, there is always help available when assistance is required, his tentative steps to survive outside the womb will lead to success.

A seed grows, nourished in the soil formed from the decay of the old. Now, full of invincible energy, nothing can hold the fresh growth back.

Over the period since the New Moon what impulse have you been feeling? What is your birthing story? How have you felt the urge to move on with your quest? Where have you felt the raging of the furies? Remember in Aries, the fears are the ephemera that evaporate as you continue forward.

Image: I have found this delightful image for Aries that has been widely used on the internet but I have been unable to find the artist’s information. If anyone know who the creator is, I would love to credit them here.